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02nd Aug 2023

Weather for August Bank holiday provides glimmer of hope but unsettled conditions continue

Simon Kelly

Irish weather August Bank Holiday

Are we past the worst of it?

As we enter the month of August, one may be filled with a sense of blind optimism about the weather. Let’s leave July (the wettest Irish July on record) behind us and look ahead to a hopefully drier new month. The 10-day weather forecast has some silver lining, to go with the clouds.

Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but the weather gods don’t seem to recognise monthly cycles, so we seem to be stuck with some continued drizzle for the time being.

However, Met Éireann‘s latest national outlook forecast has given some slight glimmers of hope in terms of a bit more sunshine coming our way. So we can at least say with relative confidence that we’re coming out of a pretty awful few weeks of rain into better (but still unsettled) weather.

Today, Wednesday 2, will see more of the same clouds and drizzle throughout the day, with temperatures between 16C and 19C. Tonight, showers will become isolated and there’ll be some clear spells, which could be a great time to catch the supermoon.

As for the rest of the week, the rain is sticking around, but there’s a few more outbreaks of sun coming our way. Despite a pretty horrible looking Friday, with some spot flooding predicted, the Bank Holiday overall looks a bit fresher. Let’s see what Met Éireann say for the rest of the week..

National Outlook and 10-day rain forecast


Rather cloudy with scattered showers from early in the morning. The showers will gradually become more isolated during the afternoon and it will brighten up in most places by evening. Feeling cool in moderate to fresh northwest winds highest temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees.

Cloud will gradually break up later in the evening as any lingering showers begin to die out. Long clear spells will develop with mostly dry conditions overnight. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 13 degrees in a moderate northerly breeze.


Bright to begin on Friday with hazy sunny spells and isolated showers. Cloud will gradually thicken from the Atlantic with outbreaks of rain developing in western coastal counties during the afternoon and spreading eastwards later. Highs of 15 to 18 degrees. Light to moderate westerly breezes will back south to southeast later.

Widespread rain with heavy falls will bring a risk of spot flooding. Winds will be mostly light to moderate variable but fresh to strong at times near western and southern coasts. Lows of 10 to 13 degrees.


A wet and blustery start across the east the country with rain, heavy at times, clearing into the Irish Sea. Brighter and drier conditions with scattered showers in the west will gradually extend to all parts by the early afternoon. Moderate to fresh and gusty northwest winds will moderate by early afternoon. Highs of 15 to 18 degrees.

Showers will become largely confined to Atlantic coasts with long clear spells developing elsewhere. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 13 degrees in a mainly light westerly breeze.


A mix of sunny spells and showers in light to moderate westerly winds. Highest temperatures ranging 15 to 19 degrees, coolest in the northwest.

Bank Holiday Monday

Current indications suggest increasing cloud with another spell of rain moving in from the Atlantic.

Next Tuesday [August 8] is set to be cloudy with temperatures ranging between 12 and 16 degrees. The rain will, for the most part, stay away on Tuesday so that could be the day to get out and about, albeit with an extra sweater or wind-breaker on.

The rain is set to return next Wednesday [August 9] and settle in across most of the country before clearing in the south, later that day. The following day, Thursday, August 10, is for a mostly clear day. There is off-shore rain but the mainland should avoid the worst of it.

The final forecast, for Friday, August 11, sees rain scattered through the country early in the day but clearing in the afternoon and evening.

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